Club cel­e­brates 70 years of Mor­ris Mi­nors

Manawatu Guardian - - OPINION - By MERANIA KARAURIA

It’s a small ve­hi­cle but the Mor­ris Mi­nor has a big rep­u­ta­tion, clock­ing up 70 years.

The Cen­tral Manawatu¯ Mor­ris Mi­nor Club will cel­e­brate the 70th an­niver­sary at Long­burn on Satur­day.

Denise Mills’ 1952 con­vert­ible Mor­ris Mi­nor and hus­band Bruce’s 1973 flat deck are ex­am­ples of the love of this tiny ve­hi­cle.

Many hours have gone in to each of the ve­hi­cles. Bruce said his flat deck truck was two years work. Each ve­hi­cle is now the pre­ferred colours of Bruce and Denise, with Denise shar­ing her con­vert­ible with the Betty Boop de­sign seat cush­ions and car mats.

Bruce said Mor­ris Mi­nor stopped pro­duc­ing its car de­sign in 1965 and trucks and vans in 1972. He bought his truck the fol­low­ing year af­ter the last of the ve­hi­cles rolled off the fac­tory floor.

■ The Mor­ris Mi­nor 70th an­niver­sary at Long­burn, 12pm-1.30pm, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, on the grass area op­po­site the White Horse Inn carpark, and if wet, in the White Horse Inn carpark.

Novem­ber 24, 11am-2pm. The Square near the coun­cil build­ings, the Mor­ris Mi­nor 70th an­niver­sary car dis­play by the Cen­tral Manawatu¯ Mor­ris Mi­nor Club.

PHOTO / MERANIA KARAURIA

Denise and Bruce Mills with their trea­sured Mor­ris Mi­nors.

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